Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have promoted longtime staffer Brittney Viers to the position of Tennessee state coordinator. Viers has been with Quail Forever in Tennessee for nearly nine years, and was the grasslands Regional Conservation Partnership Program coordinating biologist prior to taking her new role as the state coordinator. In her previous position she worked jointly with the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative (SGI), and will continue making that partnership a priority as the state coordinator.
“Brittney has an extensive background in quail, and I can’t think of anyone better to head up our efforts in a quail-centric state like Tennessee,” said Andy Edwards, Quail Forever’s program manager. “I’m really excited to see where she takes Quail Forever.”
Viers grew up in both northeast Texas and southwest Indiana. Her interest in quail started very young. In Indiana she lived on a row crop farm where listening to bobwhite quail was a daily occurrence, and it helped spur her to pursue a degree in wildlife. She earned her undergraduate degree from Murray State University in Kentucky, and stayed on there to pursue a master’s degree in botany. Out of college she worked for the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife as a quail biologist, before being hired by Quail Forever as Tennessee’s first ever farm bill biologist.
Viers’ education and experience makes her uniquely qualified to work in the quail world. As a botanist, she’s able to merge her knowledge of plants and her knowledge of quail to better understand what bobwhites need to thrive.
“Quail Forever allows me the perfect opportunity to merge those two schools of thought, and I’m excited to take that mentality into this new position,” she said. “It’s really important to us in the southeast to continue to educate folks, land owners or members of the public, that Quail Forever and SGI are unified in restoring grasslands in the southeast for bobwhites and other grassland wildlife.”
Viers lives in Paris, Tenn. with her husband Jason and their three children Darby,11, Lilly, 10 and Nolan, 3. They spend as much free time as possible exploring the outdoors together, alongside their three dogs Josey, Walker Texas Ranger and Dottie.
About Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever
, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 120,000 members and 780 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent; the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $975 million on 560,000 habitat projects benefiting 22 million acres nationwide.